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Career Services: MM | Business Career Centre | Sauder School of Business at UBC

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Published on Jan 17, 2012

MM Video Transcript
Production Company: Qube Film

Oana Toma, MM Aluma (00:06 -- 00:14)
The MM program is designed for young and motivated professionals looking to complement their undergraduate degree in a non-business discipline.

Ian Christie, Director of Graduate Career Program, Sauder School of Business (00:15 -- 00:46)
The Robert H. Lee Graduate Program recognizes the importance of career development in the Master of Management program. Our focus at the Business Career Centre is leading MM students through a formal career exploration process, then helping them acquire essential career management skills and exposing them to the broader business community. A key component of the program is the Community Business Project, a volunteer initiative in which MM students apply their developing business skills and knowledge to community-enhancing projects with not-for-profit organizations

Elizabeth Demner, The Children's Foundation (00:50 -- 01:16)
The Children's Foundation is a social profit organization and one of the challenges that social profit has is the use of current media to contact people without losing confidentiality. So the project we asked our Sauder students to look at, was the use of social media in a social profit, what other people would call not-for-profit.

Mario Cruz, MM Alumnus (01:17 -- 01:49)
Our Community Business Project was a group of 3 people from very diverse backgrounds, Oana, Maria and myself and it involved assessing the feasibility of implementing social media networks into the communications strategy of the Board of Directors for the Children's Foundation. Pretty much, we were assessing what the specific risks and threats were for the Foundation and what were the things that could make or break the strategy in terms of branding the Foundation in the community.

Elizabeth Demner (01:50 -- 02:14)
It essentially helped us realize that the issue that we had was in fact much larger than just about "do we use Twitter or not", that as an organization, we have a branding issue. And one of the things that I appreciate greatly about the students that worked with us was their ability to get us to that bigger picture.

Jim McLaughlin, The Children's Foundation (02:15 -- 02:46)
They challenged us in a number of ways. And when I say challenged I mean really caused us to think.
Elizabeth and I were sitting, musing about what it actually might cost an organization like this to go out and hire consultants to do what the students did for us. We simply could not afford to do that, nor am I certain that we would be able to find the quality of input even had we been able to afford to do it.

Ian Christie (02:47 -- 02:53)
The MM program, combined with your undergraduate experience, provides a powerful entry point into the job market.

Alexi Bergeron, MM Alumnus (02:56 -- 03:35)
My background is in anthropology and psychology. The MM degree sort of put a business point on to the stick that they gave me in my undergraduate degrees. The Business Career Centre helped me out with my career search and finding this job at Pulse in a number of different ways: they put on a lot of events during the program, for example we had a lot of panel discussions both on-campus and off-campus, we did employer visits and did a lot of events that sort of acclimatized you to what it was going to be like be at work, to be looking for jobs, to be in contact with clients and colleagues and co-workers. (30:22)

Oana Toma, 03:36 -- 03:46
The MM program provided a lot of opportunities for students such as myself to connect with hiring managers as well as alumni in order to figure out what kind of career pathway we wanted to undertake.

Peter Cavan, MM Alumnus 03:47 -- 04:04
The Business Career Centre was very useful in finding my current role. So for example one of the main ways I came in to contact with Pulse was through Alexi Bergeron who works here now who was a graduate in a previous year from the Masters of Management and I was put in contact with him through the Business Career Centre.

David Helliwell, Pulse Energy (04:05 -- 04:43)
In terms of the specific things we liked about the graduates of the Sauder program was a high level of energy, experience of seeing a wide range of things through the program, and a lot of them haven't necessarily been too set in their ways by doing something for a long time. Sometimes you lose your creativity when you're doing the same thing for 10 years. A lot of them have the spark and creativity that's important. In general, we look for graduates who have deep experience in some area, it doesn't have to be all business in fact it's better if it's not all business.

Ian Christie (04:44 -- 04:54)
For more information about the Business Career Centre or to find out how to recruit MM students, please visit our website at www.sauder.ubc.ca/bcc

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